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Valpo Wins Fifth Straight to Close Regular Season

Monday, February 26, 2007

Valparaiso shook off a slow start with 54% shooting in the second half on Monday evening to post a 65-47 victory over Southern Utah at the Athletics-Recreation Center in the regular season finale for both schools.

The Crusaders led by just five, 26-21, at halftime, but scored the first 10 points of the second half to break the game open. Betsy Rietema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) scored seven points during the run, capped with a three-pointer at the 15:44 mark to increase the lead to 15.

Southern Utah (9-19, 5-11 Mid-Con) cut the lead to 10 with 14 minutes to play, but would not get any closer the rest of the way. Aimee Litka's (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph's H.S.) triple with just over nine minutes remaining pushed the lead to 18 and the Crusaders were able to coast to the finish.

The first 20 minutes saw the game remain close throughout. Valpo jumped in front by six, 10-4, only to have the Thunderbirds tie the contest at 12. Back-to-back triples by Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) and Launa Hochstetler (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland H.S.) helped push the lead back to six, only to see Southern Utah close within one again. An 8-2 run right before half by the Crusaders helped give them the five-point halftime advantage.

Tamra Braun (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) led Valpo with 13 points and seven rebounds while moving into ninth place on Valpo's career scoring list with 1,082 points. Rietema and Farris each added 11 points while Hochstetler dished out six assist without a turnover as the Crusaders won their fifth straight game for the second time this season. Rietema also had seven rebounds, moving into 10th place on the career rebounding list with 576 boards.

Valpo shot nearly 48% from beyond the arc (11-of-23) and outrebounded Southern Utah 39-33 in the victory.

Julie Stradling led the Thunderbirds with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Valparaiso (19-10, 11-3) wraps up the regular season finishing in second place in the Mid-Continent Conference and will be the number two seed in the Mid-Con Tournament which begins on Saturday. The Crusaders will face these same Thunderbirds, the tournament's seventh seed, at 2:30 p.m. at the John Q. Hammonds Arena in Tulsa, Okla. All the action can be heard live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) or online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
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Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
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Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
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Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3
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May 3
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
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